Mardi Gras Quick King Cake

  • Yield : 8
  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 40m
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This is a quicker version of this traditional cake. It’s a great recipe to celebrate the Mardi Gras Season with the little ones. Let them make and decorate their own King Cake. In the U.S., a little plastic baby doll is usually inside of the cake. Whoever gets the piece with the baby in it has to buy the cake next year. If you want to be safe (the baby is a choking hazard!), buy a plastic baby too big to swallow or you could use a bean like they do in Europe.


  • 2 packages Crescent Rolls
  • Melted butter
  • Cinnamon and sugar, mixed together
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Green, gold and purple food color
  • Beads and plastic baby
  • 1/2 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • cream cheese, jam and pecans (optional)


Step 1

On a pastry sheet, spread out the two rectangles end to end (do not separate at perforations) and use a rolling pin to roll out each one to a large rectangle.

Step 2

Brush with melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. The cake may be filled with cream cheese, jam or pecans. If you fill the cake, spread a very thin layer while you're rolling it up.

Step 3

Roll into a cylinder. Repeat with rest of dough and pinch together to form a complete circle.

Step 4

Transfer to baking sheet and bake as directed on crescent roll instructions.

Step 5

Colored Sugar: Place 1/3 cup sugar and a drop of the food coloring in a jar or zip lock bag. Shake to evenly distribute the color. Repeat for the other colors.

Step 6

Glaze - Mix 1/2 pound box of powdered sugar and gradually add enough milk to make a spreadable glaze.

Step 7

After the cake is cooked, spread the glaze over the cake. Sprinkle rows of colored sugar over the glaze.

Step 8

After the cake has cooled off, decorate with various Mardi Gras beads on top of or around the cake. Hide the baby at this time but be aware that it is a choking hazard. Maybe before any one takes a bite, have them look to see who has the baby. The one who is served the piece that has the baby has to have the next party or provide the next cake or wins a prize in the Mardi Gras Spirit. Have Fun!

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